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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Forest Hills

Two people used stolen credit cards: Police

FOREST HILLS — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in identifying two individuals wanted for grand larceny. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Two bikers killed as motorcycle slams into bus in East Elmhurst

Two men were killed when the motorcycle they were both riding on slammed into the front of a bus on 31st Avenue near 73rd Street in East Elmhurst Sunday evening, police said. Comments (6).
Jackson Heights

Cops seek man who pretended to be officer

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Cops were asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted for impersonating a police officer. Comment.
Auburndale

Melt that stress away at Fish World USA

Few things have the ability to bring you back to your childhood — like a chorus of aquarium filters bubbling away — but whether you are looking for that $5 goldfish you had when you were young, or are in the market for an elaborate, underwater environment, Fish World USA in Auburndale offers a treasure trove of booty. Comment.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Whitestone

St. Luke students collect 54,000 labels to help fund school

Certain Whitestone students have been rummaging through garbage cans and ransacking the cupboards of extended families to help fund a playground at their school, finding thousands of dollars most people mistake as trash. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Police searching for hit-and-run driver who killed man in Richmond Hill

Police were looking for the driver who hit and killed a man crossing Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill Sunday morning, the NYPD said. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Cops seek man in tire slashing and robbery

SOUTH OZONE PARK — The NYPD was asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a black male suspect, aged 25-30, in connection with a grand larceny in South Ozone Park. Comment.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Floral Park

Qns priests promoted to auxiliary bishops

It was unexpected but welcome news for two Queens Catholic priests, including one from Floral Park, after Pope Benedict XVI promoted them to auxiliary bishops of the Diocese of Brooklyn, according to Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano. Comment.
Astoria

Famed dance institute holds tryouts for kids in Queens (WITH VIDEO)

Hundreds of pint-sized dance hopefuls bounded into Astoria for a free audition with the School of American Ballet at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts Sunday. Comment.
Transit

Electeds blast MTA over long wait to replace MetroCards for seniors

The MTA has come under fire for what critics call an intolerably long process in replacing MetroCards lost by the elderly and disabled. Comment.
College Point

Crowley reintroduces jobs bill following 2011 Senate rejection

U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) hopes a proposed bill allocating $70 billion to teachers and first responders around the country will pass with presidential support, although a nearly identical piece of legislation did not gain enough support to even come to a vote in the Democratically led U.S. Senate last year. Comment.
Transit

New taxis must be disabled-ready: Liu

City Comptroller John Liu threatened to reject a taxi contract between the city and car manufacturer Nissan, saying the designs are not handicapped-accessible, but the city Taxi & Limousine Commission and the city Law Department said Liu has no standing to do so. Comment.
Bayside

CB 11 considers street renaming

A Bayside student who wants to honor his late teacher by having a Bayside street renamed in her honor got the nod from Community Board 11 Monday. Comment.
Astoria

Officials want Astoria Pool, high-dive restored for plays

It might not be filled with water, but the pool at Astoria Park filled with music Saturday as the city Parks Department organized an event to promote its refurbishment. Comment.
Woodside

Two men robbed boro stores with guns: Cops

ST. ALBANS — Cops were asking for help identifying and locating two suspects wanted in connection with two gunpoint robberies at local businesses. Comment.
Long Island City

Western Queens filled with bicyclists during Five Boro Bike Tour

An estimated 32,000 cyclists rode in the TD Five Boro Bike last Sunday. Comment.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Fresh Meadows

Bishop Reilly seeks lost grads for 41st reunion

A committee of seven has been tasked with finding nearly 450 graduates of a Fresh Meadows high school that no longer exists. Members of the Bishop Reilly High School class of 1971 have organized a reunion set for early next month with hopes of bringing everyone together again. Comment.
Flushing

‘Hipster’ influx pulls city gaze westward

Hipsters who are moving into the neighborhoods of western Queens are pulling inspectors from the city Department of Buildings away from their usual hot spots in the eastern part of the borough, according to the department. Comment.
Douglaston

Boro has fair share of cheating hearts

Suspicious Queens spouses just had a heaping dose of fuel poured onto their dubious flames. Comment.
Jamaica

Jamaica Ball promises food, fun and nonprofit accolades

Don’t just party — party with a purpose. Comment.
Rosedale

Rosedale Little League prepares for season

The Rosedale Little League is gearing up for baseball to begin. Comment.
Woodside

Police need to ID two suspects in robberies (WITH VIDEO)

WOODSIDE — Cops need the public’s help in identifying a man wanted in connection with a robbery at gunpoint in Woodside. Comment.

Friday, May 11, 2012

St. Albans

Man dies after gunshot wound in the head in St. Albans

A 23-year-old man who was shot in the head made a desperate attempt to get help before he collapsed in St. Albans Thursday afternoon, a witness and the NYPD said. Comment.
Bayside

Police kill man who stabbed wife in Oakland Gardens

Police shot and killed an enraged knife-wielding man Thursday night after he used the weapon to stab his wife and then himself, the NYPD said. Comment.
Forest Hills

Aquino gets four months in jail

Dr. Robert Aquino, former chief executive officer of Parkway Hospital, was sentenced to four months in prison Tuesday for bribing former state Sen. Carl Kruger in an effort to keep the Forest Hills institution open. Comments (1).
Flushing

Feds clear RKO for takeoff

The Federal Aviation Administration cleared plans to build a 16-story, mixed-use building around the landmarked lobby of the RKO Keith’s Theatre in downtown Flushing last week. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Soaring acts to star at Big Apple Circus

It’s time to “Dream Big” in Queens as the Big Apple Circus launches its annual event later this month fully equipped with jugglers, horses, dogs, acrobats, magic and more. The new 34th season show will feature the Flying Cortes trapeze act, a staple of the event. Comment.
Rosedale

105th Precinct’s ranks gain 34 to turn tide of crime

The NYPD has fulfilled a request by Deputy Inspector Joseph Courtesis for more boots on the ground to combat rising crime trends in the 105th Precinct, but the community’s wishes for a new precinct appear to have been looked over once again. Comment.
Ridgewood

Ridgewood cabbie admits imprisoning family in taxi at JFK

A Ridgewood livery cab driver has pleaded guilty to charges of imprisoning a Panamanian family in his speeding taxi in a terrifying ride fleeing police. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Bostonian admits assault on Jax Hts gay man: DA

A 28-year-old Boston man pleaded guilty to committing a hate crime last week after stabbing a gay man in Jackson Heights who was walking down the street with his boyfriend last year, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Steinway

Libyan nabbed in Astoria apt. stabbing death

A man described by his roommate as a recently divorced Libyan war refugee was arrested and charged with murder in the stabbing death of a 28-year-old man on Friday night, the NYPD said. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

Aide stole $800,000 from elderly patient

An elderly Forest Hills woman bilked out of close to $800,000 over four years by her home health aide said the theft left her feeling shocked and betrayed. Comments (3).
Richmond Hill

Rich Hill credit repair service charged with scamming clients

The owner of a Richmond Hill credit repair company has been charged with bilking customers out of thousands of dollars, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced last week. Comment.
Woodside

Death of woman, 79, prompts investigation

WOODSIDE — A 79-year-old Woodside woman was found dead in her Woodside home last week, police said. Comment.
Jamaica

Tributes and tunes for York Foundation

The York College Foundation held its 5th Annual Scholarship Benefit Concert at York Monday night of last week. The event featured a performance by Patti Austin & Trio entitled, “The Ella Fitzgerald Tribute.” Comment.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

South Ozone Park

Two dead in JFK hotel murder-suicide: DA

Police were investigating an apparent murder-suicide that occurred early Thursday afternoon, leaving two men dead at the Hilton Garden Inn at 148-18 134th St. outside John F. Kennedy Airport. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside BID members debate firing of executive director

There were points where so many people spoke over each other that no words were audible, while at other times one commanding voice dominated and echoed throughout the room. Comments (1).
Elmhurst

Special ed school locked down after gunman shoots one in broad daylight: NYPD

A high school for special education students was shut down Wednesday after a 41-year-old man was shot in broad daylight nearby, the NYPD and teachers said. Comments (1).
Willets Point

City drops bid to condemn Willets property: Lawyer

Property owners in Willets Point are rejoicing after the city dropped its bid last week to use eminent domain in the Iron Triangle, but the decision does not mean the city is turning its back on redevelopment. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside’s Ozanam Hall workers union votes to strike

Labor negotiations have not reached a tipping point yet at Bayside’s Ozanam Hall nursing home, but members of the UFCW Local 342 union voted Monday to authorize a strike, the group said. Comment.
Long Island City

LIC’s Baccalaureate named best in state

The Baccalaureate School for Global Education in Long Island City has been named the best high school in New York state by U.S. News & World Report. Comments (2).
Jamaica

Ex-Jamaica Hospital chief receives 3 years in prison

A federal judge sentenced a former Queens hospital executive Monday to three years in prison for bribing three state legislators in exchange for lobbying on his institution’s behalf. Comment.
Corona

Monserrate admits guilt in 2006 fraud

In the final nail in the coffin of a notorious political career, former state Sen. and City Councilman Hiram Monserrate pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court Friday to funneling taxpayer dollars through a nonprofit to finance his 2006 Senate campaign, the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan said. Comment.
College Point

College Point family mourns after mother’s West Nile death

A College Point family lost their mother to complications stemming from West Nile virus, and they point to standing pools of water and unkempt foliage across the street as the culprit. Comments (5).
College Point

DMV computer system finds fraud has many faces

A man named Chieu Nguyen walked into the College Point state Department of Motor Vehicles office March 27 and applied for a learner’s permit using forged documents purchased in the Bronx, according to a criminal complaint from the Queens district attorney’s office. Comments (1).
Flushing

Flushing Town Hall marks 150 yrs.

A historic building in Queens has seen its fair share of events — a century-and-a-half worth, to be exact. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Brinckerhoff backers want to save graveyard

The remains of some of the earliest settlers in Queens rest in an empty lot in Fresh Meadows — and residents are trying to keep it that way. Comment.
Long Island City

Gianaris urges Koch Bridge check after 4th crash

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said he is asking the city Department of Transportation to do another comprehensive review of the Ed Koch-Queensborough Bridge off-ramps after a fourth car accident took place near the bridge last week. Comment.
Jamaica

Jamaica art peaks curiosity

A newly installed speed bump near the corner of Archer Avenue and 153rd Street has Jamaica commuters slowing down — with some even coming to a complete stop. Comment.
Real Estate

Boro officials push bills at BSA reform hearing

Two Queens lawmakers are sponsoring bills that would provide oversight over one of the most controversial government bodies in the city, and the public got to weigh in last month. Comment.

East Side Access project delayed again

The East Side Access to bring the Long Island Rail Road into Grand Central may not become a reality until 2019, largely because of excavation problems in Queens. Comment.
Elmhurst

Triangle in Elmhurst receives $200K grant

Leaders of the 82nd Street Partnership, a small business improvement organization, were pleased the borough president and mayor’s offices set aside $200,000 to improve the Dunningham Triangle, a vital piece of open space in the dense neighborhood. Comments (1).
South Ozone Park

Aqueduct top bosses fired

The New York Racing Association, which oversees the racetrack at Aqueduct, said Friday it fired two top executives after a state report revealed they illegally withheld $8.5 million in bettor winnings. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria film lot needs action

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) visited Kaufman Astoria Studios Friday to demand the federal government kill a recommended review for an outdoor studio lot at the site so that the project could move ahead quickly. Comment.
Bayside

SUV Accident

Emergency responders were called to the intersection of 229th Street and Hoxey Drive in Bayside last Thursday, where an SUV collided with a utility pole. At least one person was taken to the hospital following the accident. Comment.
Bayside

Man leaves robbery empty-handed: Police

BAYSIDE — Police from the 111th Precinct are seeking information on a suspect wanted in connection with an attempted robbery. Comment.
Bellerose

Bellerose stabbing sends two to prison

Two former Queens residents received lengthy prison sentences for their roles in the stabbing death of a 41-year-old father of two after an argument in Bellerose in February 2010, Queens district attorney Richard Brown said last Thursday. Comment.
Rosedale

Three injured in Rosedale crash: FDNY

Firefighters responded to an accident at the corner of 141st Avenue and 241st Street in Rosedale Friday morning. According to an FDNY spokesman, three people, including two with minor injuries and one person who was in serious but stable condition, were injured in the multi-vehicle crash. Comment.
Books

Van Bramer library card bill expansion now law

Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill into law last week that will expand the Library Card Act. Comment.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Flushing

Dem hopefuls talk policy for new Qns seat in House

Three candidates for the new Queens congressional seat based in Flushing discussed their platforms at a forum last week, while behind-the-scenes legal battles played out in State Supreme Court. Comment.
Elmhurst

Special ed school locked down after gunman shoots one in broad daylight: NYPD

A high school for special education students was shut down Wednesday after a 41-year-old man was shot in broad daylight nearby, the NYPD and teachers said. Comments (1).
Maspeth

Gibbons’ killer heads to prison for seven years

The wrong-way driver who fled the state after causing the death of beloved Maspeth bar owner George Gibbons was sentenced to up to seven years in prison Monday, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Government

Mayor’s ‘13 budget draws Queens ire

While Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $68.7 billion proposed budget poses no threats to teaching positions, the cuts to firehouses, after-school programs and the library’s budget have some in Queens rallying for another fight. Comment.
Flushing

American Heart Association to host Queens Go Red for Women

Various community leaders will be recognized next week when the American Heart Association hosts the fifth annual Queens Go Red for Women Dinner. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Rivera family, senior center to lead Pride Parade

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), who announced the marshals of the 2012 Queens Pride Parade Monday, looked back on how far the parade and the state had come since its inception 20 years ago. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Cops investigate blaze in Rockaway apartment

ROCKAWAY — While executing a search warrant at 84-12 Rockaway Beach Blvd., police observed smoke and a black male hanging out of a window on the sixth floor of 84-18 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Comment.
Steinway

Three men rob drugs from Astoria store: Cops

ASTORIA — The NYPD was asking for the public’s assistance in identifying three men wanted for a grand larceny on Steinway Street. Comment.
Queens Village

HBQVB in full swing

The Hollis Bellaire Queens Village Bellerose Athletic Association kicked off its season with a parade recently. Comments (1).

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Steinway

Astoria man arrested in stabbing at apartment above hookah cafe: Police

Police arrested an Astoria man in the stabbing death of 28-year-old man in an apartment above a Steinway Street hookah cafe Friday night, the NYPD said. Comments (1).

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